Just in time
for Helicopter Association of Canada’s annual convention and trade show, our
April-May issue delivers a comprehensive report on the state of the helicopter
industry in Canada (p.56). Ken Swartz spoke with dozens of operators across
Canada to take the pulse of the industry — which has been weak for the past two
years, but which may finally be starting to pick up.
Canadian stories, Gary Watson visits with Chinook Aviation in Calgary, Atla.
(p.50) and Ken Pole sums up the Transportation Safety Board report into the
crash of Cougar Flight 91/491 (p.46). And you’ll find plenty of Canadian news
in our RotorBeat section (p.18), which also includes the key announcements from
Heli-Expo. (For more news from Heli-Expo, see our first-ever Vertical Show
News, online at www.verticalmag.com/digital.)
South of the
border, Frank Carroll reports from South Dakota on how helicopters are being
used in the fight against bark beetles in “Black Hills Battle” (p.71). Jen
Boyer goes in-depth to explain recent changes to U.S. heliport regulations in
“Landing Problems” (p.78). And in “Remaking a Classic,” Skip Robinson tells the
fascinating story of the S-55QT Whisper Jet, which proves that old helicopters
never die, they just get remade (p.52).
In a new
Torque Talk series, test pilot Shawn Coyle gives you hands-on advice for
understanding your autopilot (p.88). Bob Petite pays tribute to the late
Charles Kaman in Vertical Rewind (p.108). And finally, Dorcey Wingo describes
the path from Plan A to “Plan B” in a There I Was from the Grand Canyon